Finally the Ducks genius/expert/homer is here to straighten some of you out.
As I mentioned in another thread the other day i'm not quite as high on Colt now as I was six months ago, but I still think he'd be great value at the very end of the first round. I really believe that some of his negatives are being overexagerated here.
First of all, the character concerns. The only character problem he has is that he's not the smartest dude in the world. He's kind of like Kiko Alonso last year. He says and thinks some dumb things, but he was just put on this earth to be a football player. He's never been in trouble with the law or been arrested while in Eugene. And that "spat with the coaches" was a media creation that was gone the next day and the writer even retracted the story and apologized for it. He's a bit rough around the edges but that's largely because he came from a really bad family situation and a really rough childhood. If you're interested in reading a little bit about why he is how he is, there's an article here:http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.s ... _with.html
As for the blocking. I wouldn't say he's a great blocker, but he's certainly not a bad blocker. And if you're drafting a tight end in round 1 you're drafting a playmaker, not a blocking specialist. But if you know anything about Oregon you know that if you're a WR or a TE, if you're not a good blocker, you don't play. Period. He's not going to pancake defensive ends but he's pretty good at sealing the edge and can get to the 2nd level. And he's doing all that basically off of his freakish athleticism, not technique. If a guy like Tom Cable got a hold of him, he could turn him into not only a good, but a great blocker, imo. I honestly think Colt is every bit as good of a blocker as Zach Miller is right now though (not dominant, but good enough to get by). And to the guy who said Colt is too small, he's currently up to 6'5", 260. Zach Miller is listed at 6'5", 255.
Whether or not the Seahawks should draft a TE that high or not, I don't know, but I think Colt is worth that draft position to somebody. If you want a spit and polished, super safe Tim Ruskell type pick, he's probably not the guy. But if you want a dude that's just a football player with a sky high celing. And who fits the Beast Mode personality of the Seahawks better then anybody already on the Seahawks. Then he'd be a great pickup. (After ASJ is off the board, ASJ would be my #1 TE).
One last thing, I think being around a guy like Russell Wilson would be HUGE for Colt Lyerla. Colt's never been a student of the game and he mostly just gets by on his freak athletic ability. But if just a little tiny bit of Wilson rubbed off on Colt, it could create a monster. Plus, as mentioned, Colts a bit of a conspiracy theorist. He just might believe that Russell is truly a robot. Which could create some locker room fun!